Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi’s chief technical officer, said, “With our quattro sport concept we wanted to demonstrate what the new TT’s technology can do if you take it a step further.
“We shall use it to achieve a new position for the TT, and also for racing,” said Hackenberg. “The car will be a track-focused quattro GmbH product, but it will not be RS-badged. It’s designed as an affordable Club Sport version of the TT rather than something like a GT3 car.”
The engine in the Audi TT quattro sport concept makes a powerful statement. The 2.0 TFSI has a power output of 309 kW (420 hp) at 6,700 rpm – a new benchmark in the two-liter category. Its specific output is 155 kW (210 hp) per liter of displacement – that’s more than even 2001’s victorious Le Mans R18 racing car.
At a curb weight just shy of 1,350 kgs / 3000lb, the Audi TT quattro sport concept is an athlete in peak condition. Each hp supplied by the engine needs to shift less than 3.2 kilograms (7.05 lb). The four-cylinder engine catapults the show car from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in just 3.7 seconds.
“When I arrived at Audi I asked the engineers for more power from the 2-litre TFSI engine,” said Hackenberg. “They offered 400bhp. I told them to keep going, so now we have 414bhp thanks to 1.8bar of boost.”
Audi has worked to improve the TT’s dynamic capabilities too, with lower and stiffer suspension. Other upgrades include 20-inch alloys with centre-lock fitment, semi-slick tyres, a carbonfiber spoiler to boost downforce and a ‘single-frame’ Audi grille. Aerodynamic tweaks include a rear diffuser formed from carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic.
Inside, the TT takes its racing character to the extreme, removing unnecessary components like speakers and arm rests. The interior resembles that of the series-production TT but features Alcantara trim, low-slung bucket seats, four-point harnesses and storage for two racing helmets.
Hackenberg concluded, “The quattro sport is a car for the motorsports enthusiasts among our customers.”
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